Helping Teens find Summer Jobs

Last week sent a newsletter to students who use our consumer service and the most popular article was “Beyond Babysitting: Job Opportunties for Teens”. In fact, it was our most popular newsletter item ever. So I decided to do some Google searching to find out how hot an issue summer jobs for teens is right now. My search found over 1,000 recent articles about this very topic. While most of us are focused on the terrible economy and how it’s affecting adults, it’s easy to forget that thousands of teens are also job searching.

Back in the summer of 2000, 45% of teens held jobs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last summer only 32.7% were collecting a summer paycheck and it seems that number will decrease this year. Teens are facing competition from older, better educated adults who are applying to the retail, fast food, amusement park, lifeguard jobs that are usually staffed almost completely by teens.

If your library is looking to help out teens in your community with their summer job search, here’s resources recommended by the experts who are making the rounds in local and national news.

  • – Listings of hourly part-time jobs, advice on how to land a job and a wage calculator.
  • – Job listings, articles and information about work permits and labor laws specifically for teens. – Search by zip code to find job listings in the community, but not specifically focused on teens.
  • Teen Job Scene – Find a job by category or location and take a look at the articles and resume and cover letter templates just for teens.
  • Quintessential Careers – Comprehensive resource with articles, tips and links to teen-focused job sites.

Disadvantaged teens may also find help at a local One-Stop Career Center. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has allotted a whopping $1.2 billion to help 14-24 year olds find and even fund summer jobs.

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